About Us

We used to say we owned the most beautiful vineyard in the world. Now we say, the most
beautiful vineyard in the world owns itself. We are merely its guardians.

Jan & Caryl Panman lived and worked in over a dozen countries in all corners of the world before Limoux’s stunning wines stopped them in their tracks.  Now in their second decade here,  they are rooted as deeply to the soils of Rives-Blanques as are their vines.  Passion is contagious, and not surprisingly,  tendrils of love for the place, the profession, and the product, have wound themselves around their two children as well. Untitled 3Jan-Ailbe Panman, formerly a school teacher, holds Masters degrees in Modern Languages and in China studies – but the important diploma is the one from UC California Davis in wine making…  After several years working in tandem with the previous owner and then vineyard manager, he took over full responsibility for the growing and making of our wines in 2017.
Pierre Roque joined the team in 2012.   The weight of Pierre’s impressive tasting and blending abilities, honed over a 30-year career,  bears heavily on our quest to make balanced and  elegant terroir-based wines: wines that reflect the best of the year and its conditions. xaxaXaxa Panman is the daughter of the house, who lends her not inconsiderable talents to the management and the marketing of  our wines, and is often  found waving the Rives-Blanques flag at trade fairs and international wine events.
Our harvesters are a loyal, and trusty team who return year after year, and whose high standards and cheerful willingness can be found in the bottom of each bottle we make.  10 of our 11 wines are harvested by hand: the flexibility and cooperation of our harvest team is absolutely vital to their success. Bacchus took over as Chief Receptionist in 2015 on the death of the universally admired 17-year old Springer Spaniel, Bruno (described by Decanter as “the best nose at Rives-Blanques”),  manning his post from his wine barrel bed outside the tasting room.